October, 2016 Archive

Can Burning Man Ethics Transform the World Beyond the Desert?

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How some Burners are taking the principles of Burning Man to the ‘default world’ and making it a better place. There’s one thing I’ve heard over and over when talking about Burning Man with people who’ve been there. “It’s a life-changing experience.” The official Burning Man web page explains it like this: “Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.” Burning Man is an event. Burning Man is an art party. Burning Man in an experiment in community. At the core of Burning Man are 10 principles: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-Reliance, Radical Self-Expression, Communal Effort, Leaving No Trace, Civic Responsibility, Immediacy and Participation. Boiled down, these things mean creating as utopian a        …read more

Reality Check: Booker T Mentors a New Generation of Wrestlers


In the third installment of our exclusive look at the life of grappling legend Booker T, the entertainer opens up about his efforts to save at-risk youth — by tossing them into the ring to become wrestlers. I was getting scammed and I knew it. I didn’t come from a wrestling family. My brother got into it more or less at the same time I did, so there was no uncle or father to push me in front of a promoter and tell them I could draw money. I had to prove it myself. And cold-calling people isn’t going to do it. Getting slammed on your ass is your audition. So I signed up for a school — a crash course for pro wrestlers. It was $3,000 for eight weeks. Believe me when I tell you, you cannot learn how to wrestle in eight weeks. It’s impossible. I did it because it was        …read more

Zombies Don’t Cry: A Living Dead Love Story

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Looking for a zombie series to read this season? Plunge into this FREEview. Prologue: Zombie Picnic The graveyard is calm at this hour, an appropriately full moon shining down on acres of freshly mown lawn and miles of evenly spaced headstones. Their endless rows are surprisingly calming; it’s almost like I’m staring at a big mouth with thousands of teeth smiling just for me. Though the air is chilly this time of year, it’s clear, making everything clean, crisp, and high-resolution — death in hi-def. I always thought this was a particularly nonspooky cemetery as far as cemeteries go. Most of the ones you see on TV or in the movies are purposefully creepy crawly, gruesome affairs, with crooked headstones leaning and fences broken and the graves overgrown with dried, dead bushes and looking, I suppose, about the way you figure a cemetery should look. Here in Florida, they take their graveyards        …read more

The Myth of Sugar Man Sixto Rodriguez

‘Searching for Sugar Man’ documentary shows magic behind myth of obscure singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. It’s the ultimate fairy tale: a singer-songwriter in the late ’70s fades into obscurity. He retreats and becomes a construction worker. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a musical icon in South Africa. And via the Academy Award–winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, he becomes known in the rest of the world. This isn’t fantasy; it’s the story of the Mexican-American singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. When does an artist become a myth? Jim Morrison (The Doors) and Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) became invincible after their premature deaths. Some artists fade into obscurity until they’re magically rediscovered. The dental-hygienist-turned-folksinger Linda Perhacs debuted Parallelograms in 1970 and was rediscovered in 2007 when indie artist Devendra Banhart asked her to sing on his record and Daft Punk used her ballad “If You Were My Man” for the film Electroma. British        …read more

Kay Pike, Cosplay Body Paint Artist / Superhero

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Kay Pike was a cosplayer until congenital arthritis in her hips made it impossible to sit for hours to sew costumes. Then she discovered body painting. Now, in addition to displaying cosplay body paint techniques at conventions, she cospaints live on Twitch every Wednesday and Saturday. With lots of paint, patience and charm, she captures her devoted and growing audience while transforming into superheroes and villains, such as Colossal Titan, Iron Man, Thanos, Captain Marvel, Cheetara and many more. Watch her transformations on YouTube!        …read more

This Goth Girl Sweetheart Bakes Killer Desserts

Meet artist, photographer, baker and internet sensation Christine McConnell. Surrounded by the accoutrements of midcentury domestic bliss, she welcomes Instagram followers into her glamorous world — with a delicious horrific twist.

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Animation Meets Anime: America and Japan’s Pop Cultural Romance


How two great countries changed the face of animation, comics, TV and film. Popular culture has produced some of the best collaborations in modern history. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Then there’s America and Japan. Cultural boundaries aside, some incredible work has sprung from these two countries. From anime to comics, film and television, Japanese culture has made meaningful contributions to America’s many art forms — and vice versa. These “dynamic duos” changed not only the course of history but the way we rock, laugh, cry, think and feel. They’re the best of friends, the most passionate of lovers, and their offspring is still evolving just this side of the 21st century into subtle objects of beauty we have yet to name. Anime in America It started in the late ’70s with Battle of the        …read more

95-year-old Iris Apfel Redefines What It Means to Have Style

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All hail Iris Apfel, unofficial fashion icon. Every year the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) gives the Fashion Icon Award to someone who stands out for their style and individuality. Past winners include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Johnny Depp. This past year, Fashionista editors playfully nominated Iris Apfel for the Fashion Icon Award but it was Beyoncé who took home the statue (which, to be fair, is completely appropriate). It’s sort of inconceivable that Iris Apfel hasn’t been recognized yet, so perhaps it’s time we petition the CFDA to name her the Fashion Icon of 2017. If you don’t know who Iris Apfel is, doubtless her name sounds vaguely familiar — or at the very least, you would probably recognize her if you saw her. Despite not being a designer for a large fashion house, an editor of a fashion magazine or a model, she        …read more

Into the Forgotten: The Spooky World of Urban Exploration

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Urban exploration taps into our instinct to uncover mysteries in abandoned spaces, but this brand of adventuring is not for the fainthearted. On YouTube you can find a video covering just about any topic. Makeup tutorials. Video game play-throughs. People sitting and smiling into the camera for hours. But in one special corner of YouTube you’ll discover a group of brave individuals armed with respirators and cameras and exploring abandoned motels, factories and dead shopping malls. Urban exploration on YouTube channels like This is Dan Bell, Exploring With Josh and Kentucky Urbex takes us into places most people would avoid traipsing into alone on an overcast night. Exploring with Josh, abandoned federal gold exchange bank But have you ever walked down a city street, maybe not in the best part of town, and noticed a building cordoned off with police tape or covered in bright Condemned signs? Did you want to click on your phone’s flashlight and        …read more

Brew and View Pairings Bring Crowds Back to the Movies

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Theater brewpubs are tapping into a sense of brew and view adventure and reviving interest in going to the movies. As the Alamo Drafthouse prepared to tap a new summer brew, John Gross began to worry whether it would sell. Sure, pizza-flavored beer sounded like a good idea on paper. And in spirit there was no better beverage to pair with the opening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows than It’s Pizza Time! — an IPA infused with basil, oregano, thyme, fennel, jalapeños and pineapple. Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, had even helped craft the beer, which was brewed by Stone Brewing in California. But Gross, director of national beer promotions for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, wondered whether customers seeing Out of the Shadows or other movies would actually drink what he had to pour. Sometimes Alamo partners with breweries to create special releases        …read more